Sustainable, Moral Rugs for Good




Rugs for Good Founder Jess Kulakowski began her enterprise while on maternity go away, after watching a documentary referred to as Daughters of Future. Previous to embarking on her motherhood journey, Jess was a social employee and he or she was impressed to proceed her ardour for serving to others by making a enterprise that will help and alter the lives of those who want it most. Rugs for Good is 100% little one labour free and donates 100% of revenue to help the schooling of kids on the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project.

“Beginning this enterprise has confirmed to me that human beings are beneficiant and type. The good thing about shopping for from Rugs for Good is that clients can help a great trigger and get an exquisite rug for his or her house within the course of. It’s a win-win! I imagine {that a} rug can change the texture of an entire room, so why not change lives on the similar time?” 

Rugs for Good
Rugs for Good “Agni” rug. Picture by Francoise Baudet, Styling by Madeline McFarlane

How did you begin your enterprise Rugs for Good?

“I began Rugs For Good on maternity go away, throughout my 4-month-old son’s nap occasions. After watching the Netflix documentary Daughters of Destiny. I felt impressed to contribute to their youngsters’s challenge. So I learnt easy methods to construct an internet site, I created a Fb and Instagram account after which I slowly started sourcing rugs to promote. I already had rug firm/manufacturing contacts from my household enterprise that I’d labored in since I used to be a teen, so I simply began with a product I already knew effectively and with the gross sales expertise that I had developed through the years. Initially it was just a bit aspect challenge to boost funds for the Shanti Bhavan Youngsters’s charity nevertheless it was so effectively acquired by Australian’s that it grew very quickly. We’re just below 3 years outdated, it’s been a wild trip however such a purposeful and fulfilling one. This yr we’re working with Shanti Bhavan to open a department for them in Australia to boost extra funds to help their youngsters’s schooling challenge. I’ve been made Director (I nonetheless pinch myself!) and by no means in my wildest goals did I believe this humble little web site would result in such unimaginable outcomes.”


Ethically made rugs
“Amira” Zig Zag Moroccan Rug in Gentle Pink. Picture by Francoise Baudet, Styling by Madeline McFarlane

May you inform us about your design course of, manufacturing and manufacturing?

“We now have our personal signature rug assortment that we have now designed and are lovingly handwoven by our proficient staff in India. Our Slow Weave Collection encapsulates the core of our ethics and values at Rugs for Good. Made in small batches to make sure that the artisans are supplied with long run, sustainable work quite than quick and huge bursts. That is to help our beloved artisans who create these lovely items of artwork. We solely work with one group of weavers – not a number of factories. This assortment is of the best moral customary within the rug trade. We’re very happy with this assortment and new Gradual Weave rug designs are arriving quickly, able to heat our clients’ houses for the winter.”

What has been most difficult for your enterprise? 

“The pandemic actually affected our worldwide delivery routes and our winter assortment final yr was considerably delayed. We have been so enthusiastic about it arriving nevertheless it arrived 5 months late! This was actually disappointing as we had plenty of clients very eager to order these rugs and even as soon as they arrived, they stored promoting out so shortly. We couldn’t sustain with buyer demand and this was disappointing for us. Delivery routes at the moment are beginning to enhance which implies we have now been in a position to present rugs for our clients’ houses and this makes us so completely happy!”

Lagom Wool Rug
Picture by @misskyreeloves – Alaska’s room makeover – That includes the “Lagom” Hand Woven Wool Rug in Ivory

Are you able to share your high ideas when choosing a rug for a children room or playroom? 

“It’s all the time a troublesome query and it is dependent upon the necessities for every buyer. However typically talking in the case of children, I like to recommend our rugs made from Polypropylene (Poly). We now have a HUGE assortment of those rugs in numerous colors, sizes and types. Poly rugs are sturdy, stain resistant and straightforward to hoover. I’ve actually hosed down a few of my poly rugs throughout my son’s bathroom coaching and so they got here up as new!  Whereas a wool rug can get simply spoiled by meals spills or sneakers being worn on them. Poly rugs are principally indestructible and which means mother and father/caregivers don’t have to stress about them  getting ruined. Poly doesn’t take up spills and may be simply cleaned with a moist material. This isn’t to say {that a} pure fibre rugs like wool and cotton gained’t work in a household setting however they do require a bit extra care. Many households want the texture of wool underfoot and are pleased with the additional TLC required for a wool rug. Wool is a extra sustainable fibre and the wool utilized in our Gradual Weave assortment is 100% New Zealand premium wool. Additional to this, our wool rugs are handwoven, which means they don’t require any electrical energy to make in comparison with the poly rugs that are machine made. There’s lots to think about when choosing the fitting rug to your house, however we take nice care in serving to our clients make the fitting alternative.” 

Sapna Wool Rug
Picture – @thefrenchfolk – That includes the ‘Sapna’ Rug

Targets for the way forward for the enterprise?

“Our fundamental targets for 2022 and past are to launch our new Gradual Weave rug designs (so thrilling!), to start out delivery to New Zealand to service all these fantastic folks reaching out to us over the ditch and to boost extra funds to help The Shanti Bhavan’s Youngsters Challenge to construct their second college.”

What do you discover essentially the most rewarding side of proudly owning your individual enterprise is?

“I actually love designing the rugs with our rug maker in India. It’s so rewarding to look at a rug transfer by means of the whole design course of after which be meticulously hand woven into an exquisite piece of artwork to your flooring. I’m nonetheless so amazed by the abilities of the normal weavers who’re nonetheless utilizing sixteenth century expertise to create our very particular rugs. It nearly goes with out saying that our donations to our charity accomplice (Shanti Bhavan Youngsters’s Challenge) are what encourage us essentially the most and are essentially the most rewarding a part of working Rugs For Good. For me personally, Shanti Bhavan making me their new charity director of their Australian chapter (a volunteer place) has been essentially the most unimaginable honour and an thrilling transfer for the charity inside Australia. I really feel entrusted with this position and I can’t wait to boost extra funds for the charity who’re doing such fantastic work for underprivileged youngsters in India. So many good issues to come back this yr!”

Minty’s picks from the Gradual Weave Assortment


100% New Zealand Wool 
Hand Knotted 
Ethically Made
GoodWeave Licensed
(300cm x 200cm) 


Rugs for Good


100% New Zealand Wool 
Hand Knotted 
Ethically Made
GoodWeave Licensed
(300cm x 200cm) 


Ethically made rugs


Energy-loomed in Turkey
Youngster labour free
330cm x 420cm 


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